Programme

Study structure and curriculum

In the first year you follow courses and projects in five study programmes. In the first semester you will focus on basic ICT related subjects, and go more indepth in one of the five programmes; from the second semester you will focus on more subjects relates to either ICT & Technology, ICT & Software Engineering, ICT & Business, ICT & Media Design or ICT & Infrastructure. In the second year you will spend 3 days of classes in your chosen study programme and 2 days in 1 or 2 specialisations of your choice. At the end of the second year, you can decide what your final specialisation will be. In the third year you will do your first internship for six months. The last semester of the fourth year will be your graduation semester in a company. All classes are offered in English. The study programme ICT has a total number of around 600 international students. 

How many hours a week you will need to spend on your studies?

  • 20 hours of lectures / classes
  • 8 hours on projects/assignments
  • 15 hours of self-study

How is the study programme organised?

Theory: 30%
Self study: 40%
Practical work: 30%

What do the other years look like?

At the end of the first year you are introduced to our specialisations which are consistent with the latest developments in ICT. This guarantees that your study programme is always up-to-date.

Study programmes

During the first semester you make a choice for a study programme. You can choose from:

After the second semester next to your chosen study programme you will choose 1 or 2 exciting specialisations.
These specialisations cover the latest developments in ICT. Fontys ICT has developed an intensive cooperation with more than 100 leading ICT companies in the region. This cooperation results in the latest ICT developments and if required leading to new specialisations. So are you sure that your ICT study programme is always up to date and fits in well with what employers expect from you as an ICT graduate.

  • Bachelor ICT & Software

    This 4-year study programme is an international programme. It is a university programme conducted in English intended for the professional field of Software Engineering. With the knowledge and skills found at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, in the faculty of ICT students can work as high-level engineers in the ICT sector. This programme leads to the International Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Information & Communication Technology (croho: hbo-ict).

    What will you do at ICT & Software?

    1st year of study

    In the first year ICT offers theoretical subjects and practical laboratory training in several subjects including:

    • Programming in C#
    • Mathematics
    • Computer systems
    • Databases
    • Internet applications
    • Communication

    2nd year of study (core phase)

    In the second year in depth software engineering subjects are given, like:

    • Programming in C
    • System Development
    • Object Oriented Design
    • Client Server Application
    • Operating Systems
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    Subjects per semester ICT & Software

    • Find more details about the subjects: here.
    Subjects Semester 1 Subjects Semester 2
    Year 1 Mathematics 1, 2 Professional Orientation/Personal Development 1,2
    Programming in C# 1, 2 Databases 3
    Databases 1, 2 Web Development 1,2
    Introduction Dutch language and culture 1, 2 Programming in C# 3,4
    Fundamentals for ICT Students 1, 2 Project P-Phase
    Project Management Mathematics 3
    ICT Assessment
    Year 2 Object Oriented Development 1 Operating Systems 1,2
    Networking Software System development 3,4
    System development 1,2 Project Core-Phase
    User Interface Design Android 1,2
    Databases 4 Professional Orientation/Development 3
    Cryptography Design Patterns
    Client Server Applications
    Web Applications 3
    Year 3 Internship MINOR (free choice)
    Year 4 Trends & Hypes Final project: graduation internship
    Project E-phase

  • Bachelor ICT & Technology

    If you look around you, software is everywhere. Nowadays you will find software in almost every device, from a television to a heart-defribilator and from a watch to an elevator. Within our Bachelor programme ICT & Technology we focus on writing software for all of these devices. You will learn about the complete software life cycle:

    • Translate the requirements from future users into a software design
    • Implement the software design with a programming language (e.g. in C# )
    • Test the code and write user manuals

    We will train you to become an expert in software development, especially in the so-called embedded software. This programme leads to the International Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Information & Communication Technology (CROHO: HBO-ICT). With your knowledge you will be able to find a job very easily in a technology-oriented, international company in the Netherlands.

    What will you do at ICT & Technology?

    1st year of study

    The first year the programme is the same as for the students who choose ICT & Software.

    2nd year of study

    In the second year in depth software engineering subjects are given, like:

    • Programming in Java
    • Programming in C++
    • Object Oriented Design
    • Embedded Software
    • Client Server Application
    • Operating Systems
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    Subjects per semester ICT & Technology

    • Find more details about the subjects: here.

  • Bachelor ICT & Business

    Nowadays Business processes make use of ICT more and more and Business IT-specialists know how to apply ICT in organisations to achieve their objectives. A Business IT-specialist knows how to analyse organisations and business processes but is also able to give advice on solutions and transfer these solutions into design and – also important – to implement their designs.

    Business Information Technology is a wide study field focussed on business processes and how to improve these processes by using ICT and also to make them quicker, cheaper and more client friendly. A Business IT-specialist can build bridges and knows how to cooperate and communicate: with management and the clients to find out what the organisation is looking for. This means working together with ICT-developers who realise the solutions developed by the Business IT-specialist and the users who have to work with them. This programme leads to the International Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Information & Communication Technology (CROHO: HBO-ICT). Our students are trained to become all-round IT-experts in Business Information Technology. With the knowledge and skills obtained at Fontys University students can work as high-level Information System Analysts and managers in the IT sector.

    What will you do at ICT & Business?

    1st year of study

    In the first year the programme is for 75% the same as for the students who choose ICT & Software Engineering. From the 2nd semester you will do extra subjects related to business analysis tools.

    2nd year of study

    In the second year subjects such as are given:

    • International Business Orientation
    • Management
    • Economics, Law
    • International Marketing
    • Export Operations

    Subjects per semester ICT & Business

    • Find more details about the subjects: here.
    Subjects Semester 1 Subjects Semester 2
    Year 1 Mathematics 1, 2 Professional Orientation/Personal Development 1,2
    Programming in C# 1, 2 Business Economics 1,2
    Databases 1, 2 Web Development 1,2
    Introduction Dutch language and culture 1, 2 Statistics
    Fundamentals for ICT Students 1, 2 Project P-Phase
    Project Management Programming C# Business
    ICT Assessment Excel
    Year 2 System Development 1,2 BI-Dutch
    Networking B IT Service Management
    Quality Principles System Development 3,4
    User Interface Design Professional Orientation/Development 3
    E-Business
    Data Warehousing
    Databases 3,4
    Prince
    OOD Business
    Year 3 Internship MINOR (free choice)
    Year 4 Enterprise Resources – Business Intelligence Final project: graduation internship

  • Bachelor ICT & Media Design

    ICT & Media Design is about the design and development of the relation and interaction between humans and media technology. You’ll learn to communicate with users, customers, develop new concepts, create prototypes and UX/Visual designs.

    What will you do at ICT & Media Design

    1st year of study

    In the first semester (20 weeks) is the same for all students ICT. This semester includes courses like fundamentals of ICT, project management, mathematics and programming in C# and professional orientations.

    During the second semester you will learn to build a brand for a musical act and design and develop suitable media products, for instance websites, visual designs, social media, video, stage visuals. Client: Rock Academy

    2nd year of study

    The second year of study consists of two semesters with the following themes:

    Semester 3: Technology driven innovation

    In this semester you will learn to innovate with technology as a starting point. You will learn to experiment with different technologies and train yourself as a media designer to create multiple different products for clients. Common subjects in semester 3 are: user interaction, data & data visualisation, storytelling, media installations.

    One example project was:

    -          design a cool interactive way to select and view 10 - 20 videos in the form of a physical installation. Client: Night of the Nerds 2019

    -          Design an interactive light installation for Glow Festival 2018 in Eindhoven. Aftermovie

    Semester 4: Human Driven Innovation

    In this semester you will learn to innovate with users as a starting point. Based on a briefing from a client you develop an innovative, interactive media product. Partners in education, the lectorate “Interaction Design” and experts from the field provide actual and creative cases that you will work on during this semester. Previous example projects are:

    -          How can we enhance the existing experience of a visit to a e-bike showroom with the help of digital? Client: Digitas

    -          Design an interactive sporting infrastructure for the city of Eindhoven. Client: The vitality living lab

    Third year

    You will do an internship of 20 weeks and a minor.

    Fourth year

    The fourth year consists of a final semester where you learn to start your own company (startup experience) and your graduation project. With your startup, you will solve an important social problem or opportunity. You will create a service or a product and define an identity for your company, the media campaign to launch your service or product and all media products to support the campaign. Research and development are key in this semester.

    After this semester you are ready for your final project: graduation, which you will do in house at a company of your choice. 

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  • Bachelor ICT & Infrastructure

    Today, users and companies set high standards on information and communication systems. The requirements with regard to reliability (read availability, Integrity and confidentiality) and guaranteeing the continuity of all ICT systems have become increasingly important for companies.

    What will you do at ICT & Infrastructure

    In the ICT & Infrastructure bachelor study programme you will be trained as an infrastructure specialist. You will be the engineer who ensures that all information and communication systems work optimally and continue to work on the infrastructure that has been created.

    Infrastructure specialists also know how to manage, monitor and secure all IT-resources.

    Consider also the rapidly changing technology (virtualisation - cloud) and the increase in the complexity of current IT landscapes. New management, monitor tooling and the ongoing further automation of management tasks also play a role in the daily practice of the infrastructure specialist.

    In addition to managing existing IT infrastructure, the specialist is also capable of advising on a new infrastructure, designing, testing and realizing it from a set of requirements and new technology. In short, a fascinating spectrum of activities to optimally serve and support ICT systems for companies and their users.

    Subjects per semester ICT & Infrastructure

    Find more details about the subjects: here.

    ICT & Infrastructure

    Example job opportunities for graduates:

    Service Manager (technical)
    Security Officer (technical)
    Network Specialist
    Cloud Specialist / architect
    Cloud Engineer
    Infrastructure / Cloud Consultant
    DevOps Network Engineer

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  •   Subjects per semester ICT & Infrastructure
    SemesterThemeContent
    1Surviving the internetProject:
    Designing and setting up a server and its environment and testing them extensively before use and actual implementation
    Subjects:
    Basis network configuration, server configuration, basic security, testing for operation and use in practice, commissioning and documentation of all this
    2Managing your journey to the cloudProject:
    Setting up a secure cloud environment for a customer. Using scripting and APIs to link, manage and monitor functionalities. We also look at the corresponding contracts for the cloud solution.
    Subjects:
    Business Considerations Cloud, Linux and Windows server technology, OSI layers and network protocols, WAN technology, scripting, command line, Python, API programming, databases, business considerations for Cloud choices, Management processes, security aspects, ITIL processes, Service levels, availability / capacity monitoring, PO support
    3Intelligent Infrastructure AutomationProject:
    Develop smart automation for an IT business environment (or IoT, OT or datacenter environment): automate configuration, monitoring, ticketing and other management-related processes.
    Subjects:
    Automation, Network technology (LAN, WLAN), Server technology and automation links, software defined networking (SDN)
    4SpecialisationSpecialisation choice.
    5InternshipInternship: work and study in an ICT company
    6Designing Infrastructure solutionsProject:
    (Re)design and realisation of IT environments
    Subjects:
    Themes and topics for the cloud architect
    7MinorMinor choice
    8Graduation assignmentGraduation internship